September 25th will mark the fourth annual “It’s Time to Talk Day”. This is a day that is devoted to getting conversations started about how violence affects many facets of our lives. “It’s Time to Talk” day serves as an opportunity to get the conversation started about relationship violence as well as an opportunity to talk about what healthy relationships are all about!
Please join our community efforts by reading the following announcement over the school intercom system and encourage classes to spend a few minutes talking about the message on September 25, 2007.
"Today is It’s Time to Talk Day. It’s time to talk about how:
- 28% of young people ages 13 – 18 say they know someone who has been in an abusive relationship
- 1 in 4 teens who have been in a serious relationship say their boyfriend or girlfriend has tried to prevent them from spending time with friends or family; the same number have been pressured to only spend time with their partner
- 1 in 5 teens who have been in a serious relationship report being hit, slapped or pushed by a partner
- Nearly 1 in 4 girls who have been in a relationship (23%) reported going further sexually than they wanted as a result of pressure
- 1 in 2 teens in a serious relationship said they have gone against their personal beliefs to please their partner
- 1 in 10 say they have been physically threatened via e-mail, text chat, IM, etc."
In addition to the announcement, we are also available to set up an information table for your students and staff to access as they go through their busy day.
If you’d like to read more about previous “It’s Time to Talk” events please visit the CAEPV website at http://www.caepv.org/about/program_detail.php?refID=29
or if you’d like participate in this year’s events please call me at (309) 662-0461 ext 272.
Director, YWCA Stepping Stones
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